FM TV — Documentary

A special type of entertainment for a specialized audience. That’s how Frank Zappa describes his own music in this obscure FM TV documentary first broadcast on July 13, 1982 — featuring interviews with FZ, Don Preston, Adrian Belew, and Terry Bozzio; plus footage of “You Are What You Is” as well as videoclips of “Punky’s Whips” and “Black Napkins” from Baby Snakes.

5 Responses to “FM TV — Documentary”

  1. mcnastie says:

    what kinda dumbshit ever called zappa a ‘shaman’?

  2. scott says:

    “what kinda dumbshit ever called zappa a ’shaman’?”

    or a ‘deprogrammer’?

  3. urbangraffito says:

    “what kinda dumbshit ever called zappa a ’shaman’?”

    or a ‘deprogrammer’?

    It was 1982 after all, the decade that brought us hair bands, Missing Persons, Culture Club, Lifestyles of the Rich and Stupid — the narrator was obviously grasping at straws for adjectives for which to describe FZ whilst avoiding the one word which actually does describe him and his work.

  4. Jamez says:

    Don’t forget Terry Bozzio was in Missing Persons (as well as Warren Cucurullo, Patrick O’Hearn and Dale Bozzio) so they must have had something going for them! Mind you, he also joined Korn… theory disproved!

  5. urbangraffito says:

    I was just waiting to see who was going to catch that Missing Persons allusion, Jamez. Missing Persons was actually a very good band once you got past Dale’s voice (proof that a killer body can only bring one so far — even in the MTV era).

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